East Africa Legislative Assembly ( EALA) CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE LEGISLATION
Climate change is defined as “a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods” . Climate change will lead to increases in temperature, sea level rise, shift of seasons, as well as erratic rain patterns. This will impact all economic and social sectors in the region, possibly affecting agricultural production, water availability, energy use and health.
Few countries in Africa have national climate change policy adopted and rely on sectoral plans and strategies. Only Kenya developed a comprehensive law on Climate change .
As representatives of the citizens of the East African Region, EALA members have expressed concern on the growing threat of climate change to regional development, and as stakeholders, seek to proactively engage in the ongoing international conversations on Climate Action, and particularly the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In addition, coming from individual countries, it essential they actively participate in the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) , and make EALA an information exchange platform on the progress from respective countries.
EALA members require sufficient understanding of the current and evolving processes. Though the Assembly was represented in the 2nd Parliamentarians Summit on Climate Policy held in Nairobi ahead of the COP21 in Paris which adopted the Paris Agreement, follow-up processes with other stakeholders, including capacity building, was not made.